PCOM's Physician Assistant program is designed to prepare the student for comprehensive
practice in a variety of clinical settings following completion of the second year
of the program. The goals and objectives of our program are guided by the criteria
set forth by the Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Education Program for
the Physician Assistant. The program has received full accreditation from the Commission
and our graduates are eligible to sit for the National Commission on Certification
of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination for national certification and regional,
local and national licensure.
PCOM is now participating in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants
(CASPA). You may obtain additional information about CASPA or apply online at www.caspaonline.org. Deadlines for the CASPA application is January 1st, 2006. Applications must be completed
in order for an applicant to be considered for an interview. It is the responsibility
of each applicant to meet the requirements list below. Selection for the professional
phase of the PA program at PCOM is very competitive. The following requirements represent
the minimum criteria for consideration for admission. Successful applicants will generally exceed the
minimum criteria. All science and math prerequisites must have been completed within
the last 10 years. (Applicants with graduate degrees and/or over five years of health
care experience may be considered on an individual basis.)
Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Physician Assistant Studies when
the CASPA profile and supporting credentials are received in PCOM's Office of Admissions.
It is the responsibility of each applicant to meet the following minimum requirements.
|SCIENCE and MATH
||With a lab
||With a lab
|Other Biology Coursework
|Anatomy and Physiology
||Can be taken as separate courses or combined as Anatomy and Physiology I & II
|General Chemistry I
||With a lab
|General Chemistry II
||With a lab
|Other Chemistry Coursework
||Statistics is an acceptable Math course
1. Have completed all the above prerequisite coursework with a grade of at least a
"C" or 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
2. Have obtained a cumulative grade point average of 2.80 or higher on a 4.0 scale
for all undergraduate coursework completed.
3. Documented 200 hours of patient contact experience in volunteer or employment in
the health care industry.
4. Completed a baccalaureate degree in science or a health-related field from an accredited
college or university in the United States.
5. Submit three letters of recommendation, one from a Physician or Physician Assistant,
or Nurse Practitioner.
Applicants with graduate degrees and/or five years of health care experience and/or
other unique circumstances or qualifications may be considered on an individual basis
for waiver of selected published requirements.
Selection for the professional phase of the Physician Assistant program is very competitive.
The requirements listed above represent the minimum criteria for consideration for
admission. Succesful applicants will generally exceed the minimum requirements.
The PA program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine participates in
the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). CASPA is a web-based
application service that allows you to apply on-line. Click here to access the CASPA website. You may apply on-line or you may request a paper application from CASPA. In either
case, all application materials must be submitted to CASPA no later than January 1st,
2006 along with the required processing fee.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early. The PA program utilizes a system of rolling
admission, therefore early applicants have the greatest chance of successful admission.
Send official transcript from all colleges and universities attended directly to CASPA.
Three letters of recommendation should be sent to CASPA from the persons making the
recommendation. The letters will be reproduced and forwarded to PCOM.
When all credentials are on file, they wil be verified, processed and sent to PCOM.
For questions regarding the CASPA application, assistance is available by emailing
email@example.com or by calling (617) 612-2080.
Candidates who wish to enrol are also asked to review and acknowledge PCOM's Technical
Standards for Admission and Matriculation along with a $500 non-refundable deposit.
POLICY ON ADVANCED STANDING, TRANSFER OF CREDIT and EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
The Physician Assistant program does not offer advanced placement based upon transfer
of credits for academic work completed at other institutions of higher learning or
upon credit from experiential learning. Applications are not accepted from graduates
of medical schools.
Should you have any questions, please contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our address is:
PCOM Admissions Office
4170 City Avenue, Evans Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131
Telephone: (215) 871-6700
Fax: (215) 871-6719
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